Hetauda to Somewhere On The Tribhuwan Highway. 30 miles.

Cycling The Tribhuvan Highway Part 2

I was very reluctant to leave the hotel this morning, after hearing stories of how bad the road ahead was! In places, it’s non-existent, according to everybody! Everybody had said the road was steep, no asphalt, potholed with rocks everywhere! In fact, it was so bad I’d have to carry my bike, a lot of the time! The uphill part I can cope with, it’s rough off-road cycling I struggle with these days, it jars my back! And because my walking isn’t so good these days, I’m a bit more cautious! Whereas in the past, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought! I’d have just gone for it!

Mountains in the distance
The ominous mountains in my way

The only thing that gave me a bit of hope was that small vehicles were still using the shorter route, so it couldn’t be that bad, could it? After eating two omelettes for breakfast, I couldn’t put it off any longer and had to get moving!

Twisting roads
One of the many twisting roads
What a Relief

Anyway, my fears of a rough road proved totally unfounded, the surface was as good as any I’ve had over the past few weeks! But boy it’s been hard work, I’ve been going up-hill constantly right from the get-go this morning! I started the day off with mountains dominating the skyline in front of me, but as the day went on, I was slowly but surely starting to look down on them!

Garry McGivern with some local Nepalese people
Meeting people on route
Twisting roads on the Tribhuvan highway
More twisting roads that I’d come up

Not too sure where I am tonight I just had to stop, as it was getting dark! For all I know, there might be a village just around the corner, but that corner is still going uphill. I think I saw a sign saying the next village was 6km away, but it’s just too far! If it was light, I would have carried on but not in the dark it’s too scary with the way they drive around here! I’d already been looking for somewhere to stop for the past hour or two. But there’s just nowhere to pitch a tent. On one side of the road, it’s a rockface, on the other, it’s a drop of several hundred feet! So when I turned the corner and came across this small flat piece of land, on the apex of a corner, I just had to stop!

Watch Garry’s YouTube video.

4 Replies to “Hetauda to Somewhere On The Tribhuwan Highway. 30 miles.”

    1. I don’t think I’m the first person to do it and I’m pretty sure I won’t be the last, there are probably plenty of other idiots who would do the same thing!

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